Facebook Messenger for Android Drops Account Requirement
Facebook today announced an update to its stand-alone Android instant messaging application. The key change in the software is that it will allow people to create Facebook Messenger accounts without requiring them to have a full Facebook account. The new app will allow people to sign in with only their name and phone number. It integrates with the native Android contact app. This revised app is meant to help Facebook compete against other mobile IM clients. The new version of Facebook Messenger is being made available in Australia, India, Indonesia, South Africa, and Venezuela first, with other countries to follow shortly.
Facebook Messenger No Longer Requires Facebook Account
Facebook said beginning today people do not have to have a Facebook account to use Facebook Messenger. When first loading the app, users will have the option of signing in with a phone number rather than their Facebook account.
Facebook Debuts Messenger 'Lite' for Slow Networks
Facebook today announced Messenger Lite, a pared-down version of its instant messaging app for emerging markets. The app is meant for entry-level and mid-range Android handsets that operate on slower cellular networks.
Facebook to Turn Messenger Into a Platform for Apps
Facebook today announced Messenger Platform, an expansion of its messaging application that will let developers tap into key features. Facebook envisions Messenger Platform as new place for people to express themselves and share content.
Facebook Adds Ride Hailing to Messenger
Facebook updated its Messenger app today with the ability to hail rides from select car service providers. The first partner is Uber, but Facebook plans to add others, such as Lyft, soon.